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First thing up is getting some business out of the way.

The KK GoFundMe Donation Drive is about $1750 away from reaching the lofty goal.

Any and all donations are much appreciated.

Now about the new KK.

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Not Good Zack Kassian

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

The Canadiens’ quiet preseason, one that offered little in the way of controversy, exploded on Twitter early Sunday morning following a pre-dawn crash that saw a truck drive into a tree on Clanranald Ave., near the corner of Côte-St-Luc Rd.

An unidentified 20-year-old woman was driving the truck and an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were passengers in the vehicle in the crash that occurred around 6 a.m., according to Montreal police. A relatively minor accident, with the male passenger taken to the Montreal General with injuries that are apparently minor.

It’s the kind of thing happens every day and doesn’t rate even a paragraph in the newspaper, except the man was one Zack Adam Kassian, winger for the Montreal Canadiens, the one who arrived in Montreal from the Vancouver Canucks with a couple of heavy pieces of baggage, one labelled “party animal” and the other marked “lazy underachiever.”

We can now put a check next to box No. 1. Box No. 2 remains to be seen, although Kassian’s work ethic didn’t wow anyone during camp.

The general good news is no one was seriously hurt. The good news for Kassian is he wasn’t driving and he isn’t facing DUI charges. But when you come to town with a reputation, your behaviour is going to be scrutinized. And when you’re involved in something like this before the season starts, the level of scrutiny will be off the charts.


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Social Media Savvy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A few days old...

from Peter Roumeliotes of Sports Ilustrated,

Social media has without doubt created a more active and engaged hockey fan who has never had an easier time following their favorite sport. During live broadcasts or at the arena fans constantly check Twitter, post and chat about the game they are watching, and simultaneously keep up with the latest news and trends. Research has found that hockey fans are among the most tech-savvy in sports. Look no further than the NHL’s wide array of bloggers, some of whom led the advanced statistics charge, a movement that grew with the use of social media.

Given hockey's status as the four or fifth banana among the major pro sports in the U.S., the NHL wisely realized the value of digital media as another way to promote itself and serve its fans who eagerly embraced the ability to voice their opinions in forums and social media platforms on a global scale. This phenomenon isn’t simply called “checking your phone while you are watching a game.” It’s known as “Second Screen Consumption.”


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The NHL/NHLPA Relationship

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from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Brandon Sun,

At this time in 2012, the NHL season was on hold as officials from the league and Players' Association were embroiled in tense lockout negotiations. More than three months of hockey were lost before a 48-game season was salvaged.

Three years later, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Don Fehr rave about the quality of play — some of the fastest and most exciting hockey they believe the sport has ever offered. Not only is the on-ice product thriving, but the relationship between the NHL and NHLPA is stronger than it has ever been.

"There have been times in the past where some might get the feeling that the union was working against us," Bettman said during a sit-down interview in his New York office. "Don and the union, people who work with him have been extraordinarily constructive, professional, in working on things that make sense to both of us.

"It doesn't mean we're not going to have disagreements about some things. But the places where we can work together, we are, and I think that's great for the game."

Bettman and Fehr are at the forefront of the friendlier NHL-NHLPA partnership. The two men have known each other for over 30 years, Bettman said, and there's at least a high level of respect in peace time and during labour talks.

In a phone interview last week, Fehr echoed Bettman's caveat that there are philosophical disagreements between the league and the players and also the feeling that the two sides can work together now to accomplish some positive things.


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We’re passing through turbulence, please fasten your seat belt

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

When four days of business travel got put on my work calendar during the heart of hurricane season, I knew I was in for it. Last week, the pre-cursor to Hurricane Joaquin passed right up the East Coast, where some blissfully unaware colleauges decided it would be a good time and place for client meetings. I used to call New York City home and my time there was a lot like my business trip: too long, turbulent and a daily battle to keep up with the skinny, pretty people who surrounded me. What does it all have to do with hockey? I can think of one or two lessons learned from life at 30,000 feet. 

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A One-Year Deal For Jonas Gustavsson In Boston

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Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, October 4 that the club has signed goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year, one-way contract through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $700,000.

Gustavsson played for the Detroit Red Wings from 2012 to 2015 appearing in 41 games, compiling a 21-10-6 record. Prior to Detroit, Gustavsson played for three seasons in the Maple Leafs organization from 2009 to 2012. In total, the 30-year-old goaltender has appeared in 148 NHL games, racking up a 60-55-21 record with a 2.89 goals against average and .901 save percentage.

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The Rebuild In Toronto

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from Sean Fitg-Gerald of the Toronto Star,

By the end of last season, the air around the Maple Leafs had grown heavy and toxic, where angry fans threw jerseys on the ice, frustrated players protested and, ultimately, where Joffrey Lupul abandoned Twitter with a brief message: “Goodbye. Thank you for your support. I love you.”

This season, the veteran winger said, will not be like last season.

“It wasn’t a good environment to be around,” Lupul said. “It wasn’t fun to be around the guys, it wasn’t fun to go on the road. For the first time in my career, I wanted the season to be over — I was looking forward to the next season, already.”

As he spoke, Lupul was the only player left in a dressing room that has welcomed scores of new players, in a franchise that has turned over its management team and undertaken an ambitious rebuilding program. As part of that program, the Leafs are not expected to be very good this year, meaning that while this season will undoubtedly be different than last season, it will not be without its challenges, especially for veterans.


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Is The “Detroit Way” Changing?

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from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

As training camps come to a close, the dominating story around the league is about all the players who could be jumping straight from the draft floor to the NHL. There is, of course, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel. But from Carolina’s Noah Hanifin to New Jersey’s Lawson Crouse and even Pittsburgh second-round pick Daniel Sprong, top-end teenagers are getting ready to make their debuts everywhere you look.

Everywhere, it seems, including Detroit.

While the Red Wings have already returned 2015 first-round pick Evgeny Svechnikov to his junior team in Quebec, last year’s No. 15 pick Dylan Larkin (three goals and one assist in five games) is on the cusp of heading straight from college to the NHL.

For a team that had Tomas Tatar spend four years in the AHL, this is a bit unprecedented. The "Detroit Way" is to let prospects mature in the minors. Unless your name is Datsyuk or Zetterberg, the path to the NHL has been long and tiresome. In fact, you have to go back 25 years, when Keith Primeau was the No. 3 pick, to find the last draft pick who went straight to the NHL.

But with an aging roster and a new head coach, the way Detroit does things could be changing.


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“High Hopes” In Ottawa

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from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

... with so little turnover from the squad that raced to the playoffs on a record-setting run last spring — the Senators traded Lehner to Buffalo and third-pair defenceman Eric Gryba to Edmonton and defensive specialist Erik Condra signed with Tampa as a free agent — there are high hopes.

“To see 20, 21 guys return is usually a rare occasion,” said goaltender Craig Anderson, who is expected to open the season busy, playing three games in four nights. “It shows the faith management has in the group we have here. It’s up to us to make good on the deal and prove to management they made the right decision by not bringing in extra players and moving guys out.”

Looking around the dressing room at all the familiar faces, Karlsson says, “It felt like we almost didn’t have a break.”

Ryan suggests the team has drawn from the positives of last spring. “The feeling carries over when you see that many faces coming back,” he said.

Senators coach Dave Cameron employed a serious, no-nonsense approach to his first camp as head coach, putting an “NHL group” in place after only a few days. As expected, his emphasis was on skating and more skating, and he came away generally satisfied with the effort and results.

“In our business, as coaches, we’re never completely happy,” Cameron said. “Overall, I have no real complaints. I have some individuals I’m pushing a little harder than others, but on the overall, I think it has been pretty good.”


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Red Wings demote 14, place Datsyuk, DeKeyser, Helm, Marchenko on IR

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the Red Wings:

… Four Players Placed on Injured Reserve; Roster Reduced to 27…

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Andreas Athanasiou, Louis-Marc Aubry, Tyler Bertuzzi, Colin Campbell, Anthony Mantha, Zach Nastasiuk, Tomas Nosek and Eric Tangradi and defensemen Nick Jensen, Robbie Russo and Ryan Sproul to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned goaltender Jake Paterson to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. The club also released forward Mark Zengerle and defenseman Scott Czarnowczan from their tryout agreements.

Additionally, the Red Wings placed Pavel Datsyuk, Danny DeKeyser (retroactive to Sept. 30), Darren Helm (retroactive to Sept. 18) and Alexey Marchenko (retroactive to Sept. 28) on seven-day injured reserve.

The Red Wings’ active roster currently stands at 27 players.


Larkin, Cleary, Ferraro, Pulkkinen and Ouellet are all still on the Wings' roster.

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